Boxers 2014

Back in 2009, I made a series that included a "boxers" triptych, where the three famous boxing matches between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier were summed up by their moments of clinching - which Google describes as "[to] grapple at close quarters, esp. (of boxers) so as to be too closely engaged for full-arm blows."

This, I feel, is the most interesting intersection in boxing, because it consists of opponents bringing each other into close proximity. By appearance, it looks like an affectionate gesture, like a hug; but it is a defensive move, a moment used to strategize and catch a breath. To get ready for the next uppercut!

In Ali's and Frazier's case, it was particularly interesting... because of how zealous their rivalry was! There was such a violence to their rivalry, an ingredient that juxtaposed the feminity of threadwork wonderfully, to me.

This winter, I had the chance to revisit the boxers, when my friend Calvin asked me if I would make one for our friend (and his wife), Maureen. How wonderful!

Although I feel as though I'd tied up the Ali/Frazier fights nicely (ha, that's a little thread work joke for you), I enjoyed the opportunity to think about the well-known match between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. You know, the one where Tyson bit Holyfield's ear?

Anyway, here is my handiwork!

Astronaut Family

Family portraits are always so fun, especially when the family is as creative as the Waldruff family! I was recently commissioned by them to illustrated their family as astronauts - have a look!

Lara Jane illustration

Family illustrations are such fun! I finished up this illustration last week of Lara, her husband and two kids - not to mention their cat - on a camping trip! Tents, campfires and s'mores have certainly got me itching for summer already...

Brendan and Sierra

Brendan and Sierra are getting married! Maybe you already knew that. After the cut, have a look at some pictures from our informal photo shoot to celebrate the occasion. Wandering around Brooklyn all day, visiting parks and the Brooklyn Art Museum, was a blast!:

Once we were zero

Art commissions are something I am trying to get into more. They're a good way to keep moving when one is stuck with "artist's block", and a unique collaborative experience. Recently, I finished up a piece (an illustration with pen and gouache) of actual little ones wandering through my vignettes - a group of five children (3 of them triplets). What a cool experience - the family sent me the following video of their children looking at the piece for the first time. They totally got it!

Have a look:


My photo of the marionettes involved in last week's performance, 69' S, by Erik Sanko and Jessica Grindstaff.

Hello, spring time. Well, almost. Today is rainy, but we had six full days of sun here in North Adams. Chad visited last weekend, which was FANTASTIC! Hanging out in Albany, Bennington, and North Adams itself, it was really good to see him.

In other news... with Maggie's help, I managed to design and silkscreen a new crop of usher scarves, and they turned out lovely! It was exciting to get some ink on my hands - I've been so busy doing that I haven't been making lately...